\ ˈrīt-ˌhand How to pronounce right-hand (audio) \

Definition of right-hand

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : situated on the right
3 : chiefly relied on his right-hand man

right hand


Definition of right hand (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : the hand on a person's right side
b : an indispensable person
2a : the right side
b : a place of honor

Examples of right-hand in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Jackson also left the game with an apparent right hand injury but at one point returned with his hand heavily wrapped. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, "3 Auburn starters ‘questionable’ for Iron Bowl," 23 Nov. 2020 Harper's right hand is disproportionately small and is missing one finger. Sydney Page Washington Post, Star Tribune, "Texas farm connects special-needs kids with injured animals: 'They're just like me'," 13 Nov. 2020 Urshela slid headfirst, and his right hand touched the plate before Perez could apply the tag from Thompson’s throw. courant.com, "Yankees beat Rays, benches empty after Chapman’s brush back," 1 Sep. 2020 On the right hand side is the power button; those upgrading from an iPhone 5, 5S or SE will have to get used to a new location for the power button in a very similar form factor. Jacob Krol, CNN Underscored, "The iPhone 12 Mini is what all small phones should be: tiny and mighty," 9 Nov. 2020 Spectators would have seen her emerge from behind the court’s red curtains and take a seat on the far right hand side of the bench, the junior-most justice’s seat. Jessica Gresko, chicagotribune.com, "Newly confirmed Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett to hear arguments for the first time," 2 Nov. 2020 Rowlett-Little held his brick behind his back in the palm of his right hand, feeling it over, searching for the right grip. Washington Post, "After Walter Wallace is fatally shot by police, a friend contemplates how to release the anger," 2 Nov. 2020 Hood, who was not wearing a uniform, holds a piece of sushi with chopsticks in his right hand. Brian Chasnoff, ExpressNews.com, "San Antonio mayor: Photo of fire chief with ‘naked sushi’ woman ‘betrays’ city values," 23 Oct. 2020 Inside the home, officers discovered a woman, 24-year-old Vivian Kirk of Sherwood, suffering from a gunshot wound in her right hand, the report states. Josh Snyder, Arkansas Online, "Police: 2 injured in shooting at Little Rock home," 21 Oct. 2020

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First Known Use of right-hand


1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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“Right-hand.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/right-hand. Accessed 29 Nov. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of right-hand

: located closer to your right hand : located on the right side
: made for the right hand


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Kids Definition of right-hand

1 : located on the right side
3 : relied on most of all He's her right-hand man.


\ ˈrīt-ˌhand How to pronounce right-hand (audio) \

Medical Definition of right-hand

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : situated on the right

right hand


Medical Definition of right hand (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the hand on a person's right side
2 : the right side

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